World Series, Game 1: Mets vs. Royals lineups


Here are the Mets and Royals lineups for Game 1 of the World Series in Kansas City:

RF Curtis Granderson
3B David Wright
2B Daniel Murphy
CF Yoenis Cespedes
1B Lucas Duda
C Travis d'Arnaud
LF Michael Conforto
SS Wilmer Flores
DH Kelly Johnson

SP Matt Harvey

Mets manager Terry Collins is opting for Kelly Johnson as the Game 1 designated hitter, preferring his left-handed bat over Michael Cuddyer‘s right-handed bat or the defensive upgrade involved in using Juan Lagares in center field with Michael Conforto at DH. Rather than alter the usual batting order Collins has Johnson batting ninth.

SS Alcides Escobar
2B Ben Zobrist
CF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
DH Kendrys Morales
3B Mike Moustakas
C Salvador Perez
LF Alex Gordon
RF Alex Rios

SP Edinson Volquez

As he’s done all postseason Royals manager Ned Yost is sticking with the same lineup and batting order. Aside from working without a designated hitter for the upcoming games in New York, don’t expect any changes from Yost.

Dustin Pedroia suffers a “significant setback” in his recovery

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Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has suffered “a significant setback” with his left knee, making his availability for spring training questionable. Abraham says that Pedroia is “discussing his options with his family, agents, and the Sox.”

Pedroia underwent “knee joint preservation” surgery last year, which is often used as an alternative to full knee replacement. As it was, he played in only three games in 2018 and appeared in just six games in 2019, accruing just three hits in 34 plate appearances.

In light of the severity of his injury, the severity of his surgery and all of the time he’s missed over the past few years, it was already something of a long shot for Pedroia play again as it was. Indeed, he himself was not even sure if he’d play again when asked at one point last season. But this sounds positively dire.